Public safety officials have not definitively linked an increase in distracted driving to the increase in fatal car accidents, but most drivers in Montana probably think that it would make sense to. The U.S. Department of Transportation estimates that 37,150 people died on America's roads in 2017, which is more than a 10 percent jump from only three years prior. In the meantime, more new technology, especially automated technology, is being introduced.
Several new studies have analyzed the effect of technology on drivers' attention. Researchers at the University of Utah, for example, compared in-car infotainment systems with interfaces like Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, which run off smartphones.